| Apr 11, 2013
| 12:00 PM
NEW YORK - No smart kid likes condescension. And any halfway clever mum or dad quickly figures out that the way to get a willful child, and they must all be willful, to love something is to pretend that they really should not like it all. That is, to a...
| May 29, 2014
| 4:39 PM
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend."
—Polonius giving fatherly advice to his son Laertes in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
It's "dads and grads" season, which, besides being retailers' rhyming...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 3:26 PM
"We're inventing a Rome," said Jonathan Munby over lunch recently, "that looks and feels like contemporary Washington."
Although he was born in Yorkshire, England, and bases his freelance career in London (with frequent forays to the Royal Shakespeare...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 10:33 PM
Imagine that William Shakespeare's masterpiece,"The Tempest," contained no tropical island, no shipwreck, no storm, no living, breathing Miranda. A sly old sorcerer, a prototypical Wizard of Oz, just made 'em all up from his big book of grand illusions....
| Mar 22, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Even for fans for such prior endeavors as "The Bomb-itty of Errors" and "Funk it Up About Nothin'," a hip-hop version of "Othello" sounded like a stretch for the Q Brothers, that bizarre pair of theatrically inclined Caucasian rappers, born and raised...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Most directors who set themselves the task of boiling down William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" to a mere hour of theatrical traffic would find themselves writhing in agony at what to leave out. Not Sean Graney, who must always sleep well at night.
| Feb 7, 2012
| 2:52 PM
The quirky, lovable aesthetic of The Hypocrites is going to be in safe hands with new artistic director Halena Kays, based on her quirky and rather lovable new production of "Six Characters in Search of an Author," that meta-dramatic classic from 1921....
| May 27, 2012
| 4:00 PM
Should you be overwhelmed by your problems — or maybe you're just involved with someone who considers their personal needs of greater cosmic significance than you think they merit — then an evening spent in the company of Ontroerend Goed...
| May 25, 2012
| 1:32 PM
I've heard the perennially excellent question "What light through yonder window breaks?" on countless occasions. I have never heard it spoken by Juliet and never while sucking on an orange. Me, not her.
But Juliet is a girl with questions who always...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 1:09 PM
Taking a leaf from the early days of Joseph Papp in New York and endeavoring to increase its own accessibility, Chicago Shakespeare Theater says it plans to tour its "Short Shakespeare" production of an abbreviated version of William Shakespeare's "The...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 2:30 AM
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England -- "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry." -- "Hamlet," Act I, Scene III
William Shakespeare is not known for his economic expertise, but the...
| May 8, 2013
| 10:52 PM
William Shakespeare and his company were not the first artistic entity to suck up to their funders and protectors, and they surely weren't the last. Still, it's hard to watch the last scenes of “Henry VIII” without fantasizing that Wily Old...